Malus Jelly King
The most outstanding feature of this crab apple tree is the large fruits it gives you. Not only do they last much longer into the season (December) but make excellent crab apple Jelly too.
For the romantics amongst us, the fruits could be described as a heart warming, early sunset tones of delight, joy and ever lasting hopefulness. For people without excessive levels of oestrogen that means orange/pink apples.
The over whelming new life Arctic canvas (strong white flowers) hug the tree canopy is an unconditional and loving manner (cover the tree). Malus Jelly King is a powerful and determined leader of the garden with aspirations of greatness that are cruelly cut short by genetics (vigorous but yet compact).
Cruel and evil attack from nefarious fungi and belligerent bacteria the likes of which the NHS would crumble, the Malus Jelly King stands alone, defiant and ever ready (resistant to disease)
With the pollinators of the planet fighting for their right to coexist with marauding man, the victims of homosapien attack will eek out existence in your slice of Eutopia (will attract birds and wildlife)
A small tree growing to around 4 metres tall and slightly less wide at the 10 year point. It could go on to grow more or stay where it is, local conditions and genetics dictate what happens next. Manual pruning obviously keeps it as low as you like although pruning back to dandelion level could lead to disappointment.
Malus Jelly King is in pollination group 4 which means you will need another apple tree in groups 3,4 or 5 for it to produce fruit. Most housing estates will have plenty of pollination partners around however best results will be had from having one as close as possible.
Pruning Malus Jelly King
Some light pruning will encourage new growth. This usually means taking around a third off each of this seasons growth to ensure you do not get "leggy" branches that will struggle to carry a heavy apple crop and deal with strong winds and heavy snow. Late winter is the best time to do this.
Planting Malus Jelly King
Plant in fertile well draining soil. Considered to be clay tolerant which doesn't mean you will see it reenact the scene from the film Ghost but that if you have heavy soil it will be ok. You have nothing to loose by mixing the excavated soil with 50% well rotted manure or compost.
Hardy down to minus 15 degrees Centigrade so if you are buying this as a gift and the recipient comes home early, you can hide it in the chest freezer, November to March only. All other times you would have to disguise it as a hat rack or try to distract them with a bigger issue e.g. pretend to be Jesus.
Most smaller trees are suitable for growing in a pot and this one "should" be ok. The larger the pot, the better it will be. A 12 litre pot will dry out in a day of full summer sun whereas a 150 litre pot takes about 5 days. Make sure you feed every year if you are going to pot plant.
Possibly Dull Information About Malus Jelly King
Originally from New Zealand.
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Ornamental Tree Topping
All ornamental trees (not vines) are topped at 1.3 metres to encourage a natural ornamental tree shape with obvious exceptions e.g. patio sizes.This means that your tree was pruned during the growing process and then allowed to grow to the size it is now supplied at.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £300 can be discounted by contacting us on 0800 043 1057
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental Trees
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
Crab Apple Trees Listed As Patio
Any Crab apple tree listed as suitable for patio growing means that it has most likely been grafted onto an M27 rootstock giving it an ultimate height of around 1.5 metres. The standard 12 Litre options are usually grafted onto MM106 rootstock and ultimate heights are determined be each species. Contact us first if rootstocks are important to you.
Crab Apple Disease Resistance
Crab apple trees are generally resistant to disease but those that seem to be considerably less prone to problems are Admiration, Pink Glow, Wedding Bouquet, ButterBall, Cardinal, Comtesa De Paris, Elk River, Coralburst, Donald Wyman, Golden Gem, Gorgeous, Indian Magic, Jelly King, Louisa, Prairie Fire, Rudolf, Sun Rival, Tina, Scarlett, Transitoria, Guardsman and White Star.
Crab Apple Pollinators
Crab apples have long flowering periods which makes them very useful as pollination partners. Many commercial orchards inter-plant crab apples with normal apple trees to increase fruit yield.
Crab Apple Drought Resistance
Generally speaking, Crab Apples tolerate drought reasonably well.
Sun Or Shade For Crab Apples
For best results from the flowers and fruits, a full sun position is preferred however light shade is acceptable. Excessive shade will lead to less flowers and fruits, a more open canopy and problems with Powdery Mildew. Shade and poor drainage is a good combination for bacterial and fungal issues.
Crab Apple Suckering
If your Crab Apple has been grafted (many are) then you may experience small green shoots growing out the side of the tree below the graft point (around 10-30cm above ground) Remove these by rubbing your hand across the bark or snapping off. These will not grow as the original tree you purchased.